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Shefford Tai Chi Festival 2023

Shefford Tai Chi Festival 2023Our annual Tai Chi Festival – held on World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day – is always on the last Saturday of April – so in 2023 it will be on 29th April from 10.00 to 4.00pm at the Shefford Community Hall, just off the High Street next to the chip shop at SG17 5AX.

This is our 6th year and we are delighted to again invite local martial arts and alternative therapy practitioners for demonstrations, sample treatments and simply for a chat with visitors (entry free of charge). If you are a local group that would fit within the alternative health and martial arts description and would like to do a demonstration, please contact Ian.


Tai Chi is an exercise for all ages and all levels, a way of developing balance and preventing falls, a martial art, a perspective on life and a very sociable activity – Tai Chi can be many things to many people. The classes in Shefford are mostly about health and falls prevention such as the relaxing drop-in classes at the Community Hall on Mondays at 2.30pm or on Sundays at 6.30pm – also in Biggleswade on Wednesdays at 2.00 to 3.00pm. For seniors it is open to explore the breadth of Tai Chi in a weekly senior class or further training with external senior instructors including from China.

Shefford Tai Chi practice Chen Style which is the original form from China in the early 1600s, created by the Chen family and passed on to the rest of the world over the following 400 years. The synthesis of Tai Chi practice incorporates health approaches including Chi Kung and Traditional Chinese Medicine, philosophies such as Taoism and Buddhism along with martial arts focused training for those that are interested. Tai Chi truly works with mind, body and spirit as a look at the many articles on this website will demonstrate.

If you are interested to find out more about classes or the festival, then instructor Ian Deavin is happy for you to visit a class or contact him to discuss your questions on e-mail [email protected] or mobile 07860 218334.

The World Health Organisation found Tai Chi to be an effective therapy for falls prevention and recognised it as reducing vulnerability by 50%.

Local directory of related activities:

Alexander Technique – Eileen Johnson: 07717 154732, [email protected]
Alexander Technique – Judy Hammond: 07930 552797, [email protected]
Enso Jiu Jitsu – Nicky Tribble: 07780 971004 and Lee Alexander: 07780 971004, [email protected]
Karate – Tracii Thomson: 07890 424010, [email protected]
LivingLife magazine – Andrew Martin, 07957 333226, [email protected]
Massage – David Sheppard: 07776 230327, [email protected]
Shefford Library – 0300 300 8067
Shefford Newsline – Tony Dawson, 01462 816321, [email protected]
Tai Chi – Ian Deavin: 07860 218334, [email protected]

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